Three weeks left until the Aug. 12 Tsunami Tuesday in Bridgeport and environs. We have races for congress, state senate and state representative. What are you hearing out there? I’m energized about the possibilities, especially if all candidates qualify for the anticipated public financing.
The Democratic primary between State Rep. Robert Keeley and challenger Auden Grogins, former City Council and Board of Education member from Black Rock, is shaping up as a battle royal. Democratic Town Chairman Mario Testa doesn’t want Keeley to lose. It’s not that Mario loves Keeley. It’s that Grogins supported former party leader John Stafstrom for the chairmanship. If Grogins (who’s working hard, as well as Keeley) wins, Mario looks weak. But with so many primaries in the city, where does Mario devote his attention?
When it comes to politics this city is a crazy place, and I love it because OIB enjoys readers from the “boring” politics in New Haven, purely for the entertainment value. Incumbent State Rep. Andres Ayala is fighting off a challenge from the endorsed candidate Lydia Martinez on the East Side. Everything on the East Side is personality driven. Andres is fighting with his Uncle Tito, a former City Council member, this one’s fighting with that one. I can’t keep track because the next day they could be friends again only to be fighting a week later. Makes me disoriented.
What impact will Mario have in the lower half of the city in the wide-open state rep. race between party-endorsed Eze Santiago, and Chico Rivera and Sly Salcedo? District Leader Mitch “The Switch” Robles, Eze’s stepdad, and Mario aren’t exactly buds these days. Chico and Mario are close. Sly’s new to the game but for pure brainpower and candidate attraction the Fightin’ Filipino cannot be ignored. Anyone that meets Sly likes him. I’m just wondering how many absentee ballots Mitch has in his back pocket already. It pays to know your peeps.
State Rep. Chris Caruso’s facing a challenge from Carlos Silva, but I don’t expect the big man to have any problem keeping his seat.
The Democratic state senate primary between endorsed Anthony Musto, the Trumbull town treasurer and Marilyn Moore, former legislative aide to State Sen. Ed Gomes, becomes intriguing if Moore qualifies for the free loot. She’ll learn that in a few days. The winner faces Republican State Sen. Rob Russo in November.
Democrat Jim Himes, looking to unseat Republican Congressman Chris Shays, faces a primary from that peculiar Greenwich wannabe Lee Whitnum. Himes will turn Lee into Brie on Aug. 12, but pull up a seat the last few weeks because you never know what verbal dip she’ll serve up for the party. One day she calls Himes a Nazi, shortly after she barbs him for supporting Israel. Good grief, I need a shrink.
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I see where Bridgeport Harbormaster Joe Savino, also a retired member of the Bridgeport PD, is trading in his boat for a golf bag. Joe’s a really good guy, a cop that doesn’t act like a cop. Speaking of cops, Ron Bailey’s a guy you want on your side if you’re in a fight. Years ago he was one of my martial arts instructors–saw him break five boards with a single punch. Now he’s letting his words do the fighting as president of The Bridgeport Guardians, a group of city police officers that monitors discrimination issues on behalf of the department’s minority members. In 1982, U.S. District Judge T.F. Gilroy Daly ruled that widespread discrimination within the police department required a remedy order that led to numerous police department changes, including the court-ordered appointment of blacks and Latinos to specialized divisions. Although Daly’s order struck a numbers balance between black, white and brown officers, some within the community, especially the late Superintendent of Police Joseph A. Walsh, believed that the judge went too far. Bailey contacted OIB to explain he believes that the remedy order is under assault by the city. He fired off a letter to the City Attorney’s Office with a copy to Mayor Bill Finch. See excerpt of letter below:
I recently was informed that the City of Bridgeport, utilizing the law firm of Pullman and Comley 850 Main St. Bridgeport, has appealed my recent ruling that Deputy Chief Adam Radzimirski, in short, was discriminatory with regards to his excluding a qualified Black Police officer from the Emergency Service Unit also know as SWAT.
Attorney William Wenzell, who is the main attorney from this firm appealing the recent ruling and the court decree called (Remedy Order) that protects minority officers in Bridgeport, didn’t send me a copy of this appeal.
Please be advised that I am requesting the following information. Since the City of Bridgeport seems all to willing to fight against minority officers concerns, as well as their rights to be equal, I now have to ask:
How much has this law firm cost the tax payers of Bridgeport to use Pullman and Comley in the last 3 years? I am looking for a detailed billing.
I also need to know how this law firm that is also the firm of recently replace Democratic town chairman John Stafstrom received authorization to represent Bridgeport. Who selected this law firm? This is very unethical when the law firm of the Democratic chairman gets such great deals of money and seems connected. I need to know who authorized this and does the Common Council know as well as the cost?
How can Mayor Bill Finch say the City is broke then turn around and spend millions of dollars to stop minority police officers from being included in Special assignments at the Police Department or to have and seek equality?